One of the state’s true tech up-and-comers, Charu Thomas is the founder of Ox, formerly known as Oculogx. Ox builds tech that makes order fulfillment more efficient. Clients include top Fortune 500 retailers. Prior to founding Ox in 2017, Thomas was an internationally awarded researcher in the wearable computing field in Georgia Tech’s renowned industrial engineering program. In 2019, Thomas relocated to Northwest Arkansas for the Fuel Accelerator and never left. Her work has been recognized by premier institutions like Microsoft, the USPTO and ACM, and Thomas has been featured in publications such as Forbes, Business Insider and TechCrunch. She’s been named to Forbes’ 30 Under 30 list and also was included in AMP’s 2020 Future 50 list, recognizing the future drivers of Arkansas’ economic, political and even cultural engines.
Thomas created Ox to enable retailers to transform their stores into micro-distribution centers. Ox clients boast increases of more than 25 percent in fulfillment efficiency, 20 percent in accuracy and a collective return-on-investment of 2,600 percent.